Sep 15, 2017

The importance of perspective when it comes to disabilities

Regarding Mark Schilling's Wide Angle column headlined "Filming disability from a new angle" in the Sept. 8 edition, as a fellow wheelchair user I want to thank activist and documentary filmmaker Mizuko Yamaoka for bringing attention to the small things that affect the lives ...

Sep 15, 2017

Set an end date for bases in Okinawa

At a recent meeting with U.S. Ambassador William Haggerty, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera asked him to heed Japanese people's concerns over hosting U.S. bases. That's a roundabout way of expressing his dissidence over low-altitude flight training by Ospreys on six designated routes on mainland ...

Sep 15, 2017

JR Tokai making the right moves

Regarding the story "JR Tokai will travel on a different track, bucking trend of luxury sleeper trains" in the Sept. 12 edition, many people may have been surprised by the very conservative management strategy of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), not only in ...

Sep 15, 2017

Immigration vital for Japan's future

Regarding "Panel to brainstorm lifestyle solutions for Japan's demographic ills" in the Sept. 10 edition, no one wants to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Japan has the world's highest debt to GDP burden among developed and growing economies, and it continues to live ...

Sep 8, 2017

New Orleans cuisine is Creole, not Cajun

J.J. O'Donoghue's enticing review of the Osaka restaurant Southern Peas in the Aug. 27 edition ("Southern Peas: A little slice of New Orleans") unfortunately perpetuates the popular but mistaken conflation of New Orleans Creole dishes, such as gumbo, with Cajun cooking. Cajun country lies ...

Sep 1, 2017

Abe, as top dog, will always get the last bark

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be well and truly in the doghouse over his wheeler-dealing conduct regarding the proposed veterinary department at Kake Gakuen ("Decision deferred on Kake Gakuen's plan" in the Aug. 19 edition). So why doesn't he seem in the slightest concerned, ...

Sep 1, 2017

Obama's 'death fell from the sky' line

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes gives his former boss, U.S. President Barrack Obama, full credit for a memorable line in the president's May 2016 Hiroshima speech ("Ex-Obama adviser rips Trump's diplomacy," in the Aug. 21 edition). Is he distancing himself from a piece of ugly wordsmithing? The ...

Aug 25, 2017

Develop community workshops

For all the great things about life in Japan, one thing bothers me about raising my son here, and that's the lack of a farm, or a normal backyard, or a garage with power tools and a lawn mower to repair, let alone any ...

Aug 25, 2017

Arbitrary age cut-off for Tokyo 2020 volunteers

My teenage son Matthew was born in Tokyo in November 2002. He would like to be a volunteer for Tokyo 2020 as a show of support for his birthplace. He is a competitive swimmer and a member of the Auxiliary Medical Service in Hong ...

Aug 10, 2017

Why hold Osprey night training in Hokkaido?

Japan and the United States are said to be mulling Futenma-based Ospreys conducting night-flight training in Hokkaido to reduce the burden on Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. bases in Japan. Is this really the reason Ospreys will be training in the skies over ...